Development organisation Oxfam Novib rejects PVV allegations

1st November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Director Farah Karimi has said: We do not fund anti-Israel organisations nor do we fund the Wilders trial.” She made her statement in a reaction to allegations made by Freedom Party PVV MP Johan Driessen. Mr Driessen lashed out at Deputy Foreign Minister Ben Knapen to grant the development aid organisation 421 million euros in subsidies for the coming five years. The PVV MP called Oxfam Novib a “subsidies guzzler” and said the organisation lent support to elements of the anti-Israel movement and to the political trial of Geert Wilders. Mr Driessen said Oxfam Novib funds aid projects in China, the world’s second largest economy. “Why take Dutch tax money to a country awash in cash?"

Ms Karimi said the allegations were made “unhindered by any familiarity with the facts. “I am curious about where the PVV gets its information. Mr Driessen is heartily welcome to come here and see for himself what we do with the money. We have nothing to hide.” Ms Karimi added that Oxfam Novib does support a number of labour rights related projects in China. “This is simply part of our human rights work.” Our mission is the fight against poverty and to defend human rights. I was under the impression that the PVV also supports human rights.”


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